Christian Lawrence is the founder of Bare Knuckle Comedy and is a driving force behind all of the many shows they’ve produced. Thursday 1/12, his show History Shmistory will kick off a weekend of comedy at Foam Coffee and Beer. History Shmistory features comics performing material in character as famous historical figures. Go see it!
Name / Stage Name
How long have you been performing?
What do you do? (Stand Up / Improv / Sketch / Video / etc)
I am primarily a stand up comic, but have an extensive background in sketch comedy writing & performance.
URL / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Social Media: @heychrischin
Who are some of your comedic influences?
Nick Vatterott, Ian Abramson, Steve Martin
Tell us about your worst experience performing in front of a crowd.
Sketch comedy show in the boonies – a benefit show helping a biker club raise money to donate to St. Jude’s hospital. Worthy cause, right? Every sketch went RIGHT over their heads. Zero laughs. Blank stares from big dudes in bandannas, sleeveless shirts & leather chaps. It devolved into the audience yelling out, “Say the word ‘pussy’!” and a lot of talking during the performance. We got off stage after two sketches and let Buzz Sutherland get on stage and say the word “pussy” in a Donald Duck voice.
Tell us about your best experience performing in front of a crowd.
Bare Knuckle Comedy’s 7th anniversary show. Ron Lynch (Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers, etc) invited me to do some shows this year that I’m very excited about!
What do you enjoy most about being part of the St. Louis comedy scene?
Having been a part of the scene for many years now, I’m now able to do whatever I want, pretty much whenever, and I know the comics who will be interested in the project I’m working on.
Pizza vs. Tacos? You can only pick one. The one you don’t pick disappears from reality. Which do you pick, and why?
Tacos. I don’t need those carbs, son.
If I gave you a time machine that allowed you to visit yourself the day before you decided to start performing, what would you tell yourself?
Promote something. Any show coming up? Got a book? Describe your current project. Anything. Self Promotion is great.
Outside of all of the shows I’ve created and produce (Bare Knuckle Comedy, History Shmistory, In Transit Comedy, other garbage), I have been invited to perform stand up at The Steve Allen Theater in LA on Ron Lynch’s show “Tomorrow!” this coming March. While there, I’m planning on performing on Dave Ross’s show “Good Heroin” (if the schedules line up right!). After that, I’ve got some more irons in the fire, don’t want to give too much away before they’re solidified!
Anything else you want to say?
Elevators are a great place to hang up a laundry line!